Church of England Diocese of Exeter Lapford

A brief history of our church.

A church has been on the site of St Thomas'  since Saxon times. It sits amidst the rolling mid-Devon hills, surrounded by trees and the obligatory parliament of rooks.  The current Grade I listed building was enlarged in about 1180 by William de Tracey as penance for his part in the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket. De Tracey was one of the four knights who murdered Becket; he owned several manors in Devon and his legacy can be seen elsewhere in other Devon churches such as Newton Tracey, Nymet Tracey etc.    

Much of the current structure dates from further rebuilding in the 15th and 16th centuries, and most of the superb and historically important wood carvings date from the same period. These include the bench-ends, which display a great variety of subjects such as hands, monograms, scrolls and devices on shields. There is also a rare carving of a Saracen's head on one of the bench-ends. The main screen is exceptionally fine; it is carved on both sides and of national renown and importance.

As the result of a legacy from a member of the congregation we now have a beautiful new stained-glass window in the Lady Chapel.  An explanation of the themes seen in the window is given nearby.

There is a peal of six bells, which are rung on most Sundays